Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Impossibly, Even More Thursday Links

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screen-capture* The rich are different from you and me: The New York Times reports this week that megabank HSBC has escaped criminal prosecution for money laundering that probably funded terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Why? Because regulators and prosecutors were petrified that an indictment would undermine the entire financial system. The Times quotes anonymous government sources who confessed fears about bringing formal charges because doing so would be a “death sentence” for the bank. So they let it off the hook.

Scientists plan test to see if the entire universe is a simulation created by futuristic supercomputers. I really feel as though nothing is more likely to make them pull the plug on us. Let’s just take a step back here.

* See also.

* Scott Aukerman picks his favorite Comedy Bang! Bang! episodes.

* The Charlie Brown School of Dance.

‘The Hobbit’ To Feature 53-Minute-Long Scene Of Bilbo Baggins Trying To Figure Out What To Pack.

* Prison Guard Beats Up 15-Year-Old Inmate On Camera, Keeps Job.

* The racist roots of ‘right to work’ laws.

Female pilots cut from Return of the Jedi.

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